Supporting FLBS

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There are several ways to tangibly show your support for Flathead Lake while also providing a contribution to Flathead research and monitoring:

Flathead Lake 'Keep it Blue' License Plate

Flathead Lake Protection Association Keep It Blue license plates
Original artwork for the Flathead Lake Keep It Blue license plate by Glen PrestegaardArtwork for the Flathead Lake 'Keep It Blue' license plate was generously donated by Whitefish artist Glen Prestegaard. Poster reprints may be purchased at Glen's website.

The Flathead Lake Keep It Blue license plate helps pay tribute to the reason we live in and love the Flathead valley. Every purchase and renewal of the Keep It Blue license plate generates $20 toward FLBS research and lake monitoring efforts. As part of the monitoring program, FLBS researchers have described long-term trends in water quality as affected by expanding population and changing land uses in the Flathead Basin. These studies now provide a basis for minimizing pollution and maintaining the clear, clean water that people associate with the Keep It Blue plate.

Purchasing the Keep It Blue plate offers several great benefits: 

  • The Keep It Blue plate allows you to show your support for Flathead Lake and water quality
  • It is a convenient way to make small annual donations towards water quality monitoring costs
  • It sends a great message - that you value water quality in the Flathead valley

The Flathead Lake Biological Station is reliant on your continued support to maintain the monitoring efforts that have allowed Flathead Lake to remain one of the most pristine large lakes in the world. Your private sector donations and grass roots fundraising, like the Keep It Blue license plate proceeds, help to continue the necessary level of sampling to assess trends in water quality not only in Flathead Lake but in many basin tributaries. Flathead Lake is undoubtedly one of the great jewels of the world, and we want to keep it that way!

Help do your part. Spread the Word. Keep It Blue!

Where Can I Buy the Flathead Lake Keep It Blue License Plate?

The Flathead Lake Keep It Blue license plate may be purchased when you initially license or renew your annual vehicle license plate tags. For more information, read more about non-profit associated license plates on the State of Montana website. The Keep It Blue license plate is sponsored by the Flathead Lake Protection Association, a non-profit associated with Flathead Lake protection efforts.


FLBS Flathead detail map

Flathead Lake Detail Maps

Over the years, FLBS has received many requests for a high quality, detailed map of Flathead Lake and its surrounding area. Visitors have even offered to purchase the out-of-print versions that we have hanging on the walls of the Bio Station. We listened and came up with a solution.

FLBS is excited to announce the release of the new detailed Flathead Lake map. This map is based on satellite imagery of the Flathead Basin and distills features of typical area maps with info about Flathead Lake. All proceeds will go toward the FLBS Lake Monitoring and Research fund.

FLBS has also released smaller waterproof versions of Whitefish Lake, as well as Flathead Lake. These 18"x24" versions include more depth detail in a smaller size and are ideal for on-the-water navigation. Proceeds for the Whitefish Lake map will benefit our Whitefish Lake monitoring programs. 

For more information, email Tom Bansak at FLBS or call 406-982-3301 x229.


24" x 36" print : $20.00

18" x 24" waterproof on sale now : $20.00

Where Can I Buy the FLBS Detail Maps?

Maps are available now at FLBS and at select retail outlets around the Flathead and Mission valleys.

FLBS Whitefish detail map

Large Map Features:

  • Based on recent (2013) satellite imagery of the Flathead Basin
  • Aerial view with labels of major geographic features in the basin, including mountain ranges, lakes, and rivers
  • Flathead Lake details include lake depths (bathymetry), point and bay names, and island names
  • Flathead Lake public access points include MT State Parks, fishing access sites, and public boat launches
  • Photographic quality with a matte black finish
  • Makes a beautiful and informative gift to both Flathead visitors and longtime residents
  • 24"x36"


Waterproof Version Features:

  • Same as above, except:
  • 18"x24"
  • Improved depth detail to assist boaters
  • Waterproof!


XPlorer Flathead Lake Map

XPlorer Flathead Lake Artistic Map
The Flathead Lake Map

The Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers have collaborated with Xplorer Maps of Missoula, Montana to create a unique, artistic rendition of Flathead Lake. The result of this effort is a beautiful watercolor antique style print of Flathead Lake and its surroundings with many illustrations of regional flora and fauna.

Xplorer Maps generously donates a portion of the proceeds from this map to FLBS to benefit the long-term understanding and protection of Flathead Lake through our programs.

Xplorer Maps creates hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrations of significant natural and historical sites throughout the world. The illustrations are geographically accurate and contain interpretive, educational, cultural and historical information. Xplorer Maps has partnered with a variety of organizations, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, to raise awareness and funding for conservation of these special natural places.

Xplorer Maps will generously donate a significant portion of the proceeds of all purchases from this map to the FLBS to benefit the long-term protection of Flathead Lake through FLBS monitoring programs.

Where Can I Buy the XPlorer Flathead Lake Artistic Map?

Poster versions of the Flathead Lake map are now available for purchase at Xplorer Maps. Poster prices begin at $40.



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updated: 4/11/2016 4:49 pm